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Times Restaurant Critic

Bastide Now open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, the lavender-scented garden promises to be the most romantic lunch spot in town. Walter Manzke is turning out a three-course prix-fixe menu (with choices) for $38. Bastide, 8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood. (323) 651-5950.


Let's Be Frank Grass-fed beef hot dogs from this tiny stand are virtuous and delicious, served with charred onions in soft, steamed buns. Helms Bakery Complex, east side of Helms Avenue between Washington and Venice boulevards, Culver City. Starting at 11 a.m. Tue.-Sun. letsbefrank


Weekend Brunch at Canele The Atwater Village favorite (named for a fluted French pastry) is now serving weekend brunch. Order up eggs many ways, including elegantly shirred, along with sandwiches and salads, French toast and cobbler. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Sun. 3219 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village. (323) 666-7133.

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